February 06, 2014
With the March 10 FAFSA deadline for federal and state financial aid mere weeks away, Hendricks County families can get valuable information and help filling out the FAFSA at the annual FAFSA Days workshops in the next few weeks at the local high schools. FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student aid that determines student financial assistance eligibility based upon a need analysis.
The workshops can help families save thousands of dollars in college costs by assessing need and aid availability and assisting with proper completion of student FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) forms.
The National Center for College Costs and the Hendricks County Community Foundation provide the workshops with the support of local sponsors. The workshops are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on:
- Wednesday, February 12 at Avon High School
- Wednesday, February 19 at Cascade High School
- Wednesday, February 19 at Plainfield High School
- Thursday, February 20 at Brownsburg High School
- Tuesday, February 25 at Tri-West High School
Danville Community High School hosted its free FAFSA Day on Monday, February 3rd and had excellent attendance. Danville families who missed that day are still welcome to attend one of the days at any of the other local high schools.
Hendricks County families can attend any of the above workshops where experts will be available to help answer questions and interpret aid-formula results.
School guidance counselors have distributed bright orange FAFSA information folders to all high school seniors. Families should bring the folders and all requested information to the workshops in order to successfully complete the FAFSA. Any questions about what to bring should be referred to The National Center for College Costs.
Last year, Hendricks County families who filed federal and state college aid applications became eligible for nearly $600,000 in grants, according to Rebecca Moore of the National Center for College Costs. Thus, each Hendricks County student who filed a FAFSA qualified for nearly $4,000 for the 2013-2014 school year.
A 2011 study of college students published in the Journal of Student Financial Aid also found that financial aid can help increase degree attainment, especially among lower-income students.
Among all first-year college students in the U.S., those who filed a FAFSA were 72 percent more likely to persist toward a college degree than their non-filing peers, according to the study. The difference was even more marked among students from lower-income families, as FAFSA filers in that group had 122 percent higher odds of persisting toward a degree than non-filers.
The National Center for College Costs 2014 FAFSA Days is brought to you by the Hendricks County Community Foundation and sponsored by the North Salem State Bank, Duke Energy, the Smithville Charitable Foundation, the Hendricks Power Cooperative, the First National Bank, the State Bank of Lizton, the Hendricks College Network, Avon High School, the Brownsburg Education Foundation and the Plainfield High Schools Legacy Foundation, Cascade High School, Danville Community High School and Tri-West High School
The Hendricks County Community Foundation works to improve the quality of life in Hendricks County by helping donors match their passion with community needs, awarding grants to nonprofit organizations and projects, and collaborating to address community issues. The Community Foundation manages assets of over $9.5 million in a collection of funds created by individuals, families, businesses and organizations for charitable purposes. In 2013, the Community Foundation gave over $930,000 in grants to charitable organizations and scholarships to local students. For more information, call 317-268-6240 or visit www.hendrickscountycf.org.